SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) – California is making it illegal to disclose secretly recorded conversations with medical professionals under a new law backed by Planned Parenthood.
The new law responds to surreptitious videos released last year of Planned Parenthood officials allegedly discussing the illegal sale of fetal tissue. The organization said the videos were deceptively edited.
Sharing secretly recorded private conversations involving a health care provider could land Californians in prison for up to a year under the bill Gov. Jerry Brown announced signing Friday.
Domestic violence victims and certain law enforcement officials are exempt from the law.
Some liberal lawmakers were torn over AB1671 between defending Planned Parenthood and protecting free speech rights.
It will still be legal to secretly record evidence of extortion, kidnapping, bribery, human trafficking or other violent felonies.
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